This weekend I listened to a sermon about the life of Joseph. It was part of a series the pastor entitled “Game Changers”. The life of Joseph is found in the book of Genesis. He was the youngest of 12 boys and was his father’s favorite child. Because of that, his older brothers were jealous of him. So, like any rational-thinking brothers would do, they sold him into slavery. As a slave in Egypt, Joseph became known for his character and integrity. Eventually he rose to be second in command of the entire kingdom! When a famine hit, Joseph was reunited with his family, who came to Egypt in search of food.
One of my favorite verses in the entire Bible is found in this story. When Joseph forgave his brothers for their wrongdoing, he said, "You intended to harm me, but God intended it to accomplish what is not being done, the saving of many lives." Genesis 50:20.
What a great reminder to trust God! The life of Joseph reminds us that what matters is not so much the circumstances of our life, but rather, our response to them. With God’s help, any situation can be used for good….even cancer!
Recognizing the presence of God in your life is a game changer!
At Maple Tree, we strive to be the hands and feet of Christ by serving as a game changer in the lives of our patients. Over the last seven years, we have been humbled to see thousands of lives change.
Brenda told us that before coming to Maple Tree, she thought about ending her life nearly every day. She was tired, sick, and felt all alone. She thought that her family would be better off without her. But something deep inside of her was still willing to fight. Six months after coming to Maple Tree, Brenda said she found her joy. She had less fatigue, which allowed her to engage in more social activities. She no longer felt alone.
For Brenda, Maple Tree was a game changer!
Sandy cried through out her first appointment at Maple Tree. She was frustrated because she could not lift her arms over her head because of her recent breast cancer surgery. As a result, she was unable to wash her hair! Because of Maple Tree, she regained strength and range of motion in her upper body. Her hair has never looked better!
For Sandy, Maple Tree was a game changer!
The first time Karen came to us, she was so sick that she fell asleep numerous times during our first appointment. She mistakenly believed she could not afford to eat healthy. As a result, she ate at a fast food restaurant at least six days each week. By the time she was diagnosed with cancer, Karen was also hypertensive, diabetic, overweight, and had elevated cholesterol. Our dietitian taught Karen how to eat healthy on a budget, and Karen began working with our exercise oncology instructor. Within a few months, Karen had seen dramatic decreases in her blood pressure and cholesterol, and is now in remission from her cancer!
For Karen, Maple Tree was a game changer!
Finally, there is Randy. Randy is very vocal that he would never have been able to afford our services on his own. In fact, for a brief period in Randy’s life, he was homeless. At the time of his diagnosis, he had found housing and obtained insurance through CareSource. He took the bus to our office in the Life Enrichment Center. Before his workouts, he enjoyed a hot meal downstairs in the soup kitchen. At Maple Tree, he met new friends, and gained a confidence that he had not felt throughout most of his adult life. It was Randy who first said that with Maple Tree, he learned not to just fight cancer, but to FIGHT CANCER BACK!
For Randy, Maple Tree was a game changer!
When you support Maple Tree, you are also a game changer! You make it possible for patients like Brenda, Sandy, Karen, and Randy to participate in our programs free of charge. You allow us to continue this important work!
This week is our annual campaign week. We are looking for game changers, just like you! I pray you will consider supporting our mission!